Candida is the name for a group of yeasts (a type of fungus) that commonly infect the skin.
The name "candida" refers to the white color of the organisms in culture.
Candidal infection is known as "candidiasis", "candidosis" or "moniliasis".
Candida depends on a living host for survival. It is a normal inhabitant of the human digestive tract from early infancy, where it lives without causing any disease most of the time.
However, if the host's defences are lowered, the organism can cause infection of the mucosa (the lining of the mouth, anus and genitals), the skin, and rarely, deep-seated infection.
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